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MSNBC
Jan 31, 2014 1:00am PST
quote . unless you live in certain parts of the great state of new jersey. chris christie's new jersey, the story of the spca winds all the way around to grand juries and attorney general and administration of the current governor and sniper rifles, tear gas and bulletproof vests. oh, my. it's happening right now. and that whole really weird amazing story is coming up next.
CNN
Jan 21, 2014 3:28pm PST
"crossfire," chris christie starts his second term under a cloud. >> all of us may be one yes away from our miracle. >> will it end in the white house or in trouble? >> he is one e-mail away from a disaster. >>> on the left van jones. on the right newt gingrich in the "crossfire" brad woodhouse and republican ken cuccinelli. chris christie's political future unlimited or road blocked? tonight on "crossfire." >>> welcome to "crossfire" i'm van jones on the left. >> i'm newt gingrich on the right. in the "crossfire" guests with different opinions of chris christie. first we have breaking news about another, quote, scandal involving republican governor. late today the former virginia governor bob mcdonald and his wife were indicted on charges of illegally accepting gifts. he calls it a false indictment and this may end up being another example of overreach by president obama's justice department. this news broke shortly after chris christie was sworn in for a second term. in an impressive speech christie rose above the bridge scandal at least for today. >> okay, newt. here we go. you guys can
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2014 10:00pm PST
the new jersey attorney general, governor chris christie plans to have his own former chief of staff, who was there throughout this entire thing. the confirmation hearing is set for tuesday. he is expected to testify under oath. the chair of the state senate committee said yesterday if the now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." have a great night. >>> chris christie kept talking and talking and talking in his press conference today as if he didn't want it to be over because once the press conference ended, his political career would end with it. >> i know you guys are obsessed with this. i'm not. it's not that big a deal. >> lane closure controversy on the george washington bridge. >> the george washington bridge. >> controversial lane closures. >> newly obtained e-mails. >> members of christie's staff -- >> a top aide to christie. >> how will chris christie respond? >> i come out here today to apologize to the people of new jersey. >> chris christie's response to allegations of political retribution vournding the closing of the nation's busiest bridge. >> i
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 3:28pm PST
weekly standard." is governor chris christie's team bullying mayors? what would it mean if he runs for president? tonight on "crossfire." >>> welcome to "crossfire." i'm van jones on the left. >> i'm s.e. cupp on the right. two very different views of new jersey governor chris christie. today we have a dear diary moment and she said/she said. this isn't melrose place, it's new jersey. for those of you who are watching football this weekend, let me catch you up. first, the mayor of hoboken goes public with her diary. supposedly christie sent his lieutenant governor to threaten the mayor that he'd withhold sandy relief money unless the mayor approved a development deal. >> when the lieutenant governor comes, pulls you aside in a parking lot and says that these two things are connected. i know it shouldn't be, but they are. if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. she felt almost guilty about saying it. >> keep in mind this is the same mayor who once told cnn that withholding the funding was not retaliation. this morning the lieutenant governor trashed the mayor's story and, watch, she doesn't l
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2014 1:00am PST
of new jersey, the players in the chris christie bridge-lane shutdown scandal are waiting for a knock at the door. right now. we do not know exactly who is being served with subpoenas tonight. the state assembly said today they will not release the names of the people who they are subpoenaing until those people have been served. they've been individually, personally handed their subpoenas in print in person. once that happens, once that i been served, we are expecting to get their names, the list of names. we're told to expect new subpoenas for roughly 17 individuals in the state of new jersey tonight and three entities. and by entities, that means organizations. we're told to expect that that may mean political organizations or campaigns. we're told that they are about to get served tonight as well as those individual people. now, why would political organizations get subpoenas in this scandal? well, when the governor's deputy chief of staff apparently ordered time for traffic problems in fort lee. if that was ordered up for political reasons, if fort lee was purposely gridlock
MSNBC
Jan 13, 2014 7:00pm PST
investigate governor chris christie's bridge scandal, but governor chris christie will also deliver his annual state of the state address tomorrow. 3:00 p.m. surely the most eagerly awaited one ever in the history of the great state of new jersey. 3:00. trenton. tomorrow. watch it here on msnbc. now it's time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. have a great night. >>> after a weekend of impeachment talk my first guest tonight will be the chairman of that new committee that will investigate who is really responsible for what happened at the george washington bridge. >> new jersey lawmakers press forrar more answers into the closure of lanes on the george washington bridge. >> storm has not passed. >> state subpoenas and investigative committee. >> chris christie's crisis isn't going away anytime soon. >> a federal audit. also more national headlines. >> thousands and thousands of documents have been revealed. >> this sort of drip, drip, drip of information. >> and not one single link to chris christie has been found. >> but it gets to a culture in his office that is problematic.
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2014 7:00pm PST
"the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. have a great night. >>> tonight, chris christie's donors are worried, and the first national poll on chris christie since the bridge scandal broke turns out to be very, very good news for hillary clinton. >> 4 in 10 veoters say christie is a bully. >> we has a nation remain stuck in the news traffic jam. >> chris christie's jersey jam. >> come on! >> chris christie and the problems he's had. >> he's a good politician. he's great at defending himself. >> simultaneously, his political career could be finished. >> that's the problem with christie. it's out of his hands. >> in terms of vetting, in terms of the department of justice investigations. >> he has a long road ahead. >> i have had no contact with david wildstein in a long time. >> so we see that wall street journal picture. >> appearing to interact with wildstein on september 11, 2013, the third day of the lane closures themselves. >> decisions for key players come as early as tomorrow. >> when they testify, what's going to be his position then? >> if you want to talk about salt in the wou
MSNBC
Jan 13, 2014 10:00pm PST
passed. >> state subpoenas and investigative committee. >> chris christie's crisis isn't going away anytime soon. >> a federal audit. also more national headlines. >> thousands and thousands of documents have been revealed. >> this sort of drip, drip, drip of information. >> and not one single link to chris christie has been found. >> but it gets to a culture in his office that is problematic. >> former deputy chief of staff bridget kelly. >> deputy chief of staff bridget kelly gave the order. >> let's call it an ill-advised decision. >> pof these lanes closed. >> we also don't really know why it happened. >> why did she order these lanes closed? >> the biggest unanswered question is how much christie knew. >> the assembly has the ability to do articles of wim paecht. >> john wisniewski's mentioned the i word there. >> we're way ahead of that. >> not one single link to chris christie has been found. >> but it gets to a culture in his office. >> if there is a culture -- >> that is problematic. >> in terms of what the republican leaders are doing. >> we have these two competing narrat
CNN
Jan 10, 2014 2:00am PST
. >>> chris christie apologetic. i'm sorry coming as 1,000 pages of new evidence from this case becomes public this morning. >> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. there could be more stunning revelations today for chris christie and the political scandal putting him in the center of the political spotlight. he says he's embarrassed and humiliated and sorry for what he claims happened without his knowledge. he's now fired a top aid and asked an adviser to give up a job for their roles in a shutdown of traffic on the very busy george washington bridge during last year' gubernatorial campaign. apparently it was political payback against a mayor who wouldn't endorse their boss. documents are expected to be released today. a source says the fbi now looking into what happened to see if federal law was violated. even though christie apologized, one person connected with the shutdown is not talking. joe johns begins our coverage. >> i come out here to apologize. >> another had no interest in even starting opinion >> on the advise of
CNN
Jan 9, 2014 1:00pm PST
hopeful chris christie tries to skid into the bridge. in his news conference than he probably has his whole political career. i'm jake tapper. he said he's embarrassed, humiliated, but not a bully. governor christie apologizing but saying he did not know anything about an ark orchestrated traffic jam in new jersey. >>> the world lead. what a day for mea culpa. dennis rodman saying that he's sorry for the cnn interview seen around the world. you see, everybody, it's okay, he was just drunk. >>> and the pop culture lead. are fans of the critically revialed insane clown posse really a gang? good afternoon, everybody. we begin today with politics lead. chris christie expected any minute now to offer his apologies to the community and the mayor in person after doing it on their tvs earlier in the day. it would not be an exaggeration to call this the most crucial day in chris christie's day. they got a look at text messages and e-mails that ties one of his top aide and a port authority scandal that linked them to a traffic scandal which may have been retaliation against a democratic mayor w
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2014 2:00am PST
governor. >> this is my question and this is my theory, the whole matter. i think governor chris christie didn't think anything wrong had been done from september on. when the traffic jam started up through december and he gave his staff a one-hour window to come clean and went out and said they were clean, you have to wonder by this big take charge guy had so little interest in knowing what he had to take charge of. the only other explanation is he didn't care about the biggest mess of his political career, even as he minced his way towards the country's highest office. that's an explanation i can't buy. i can buy the explanation that this very political governor, very ambitious governor made his business not to know, not to let people see him knowing what businesses people had gotten into on his behalf. steve will be with us in a moment. the national investigative correspondent joins us from trenton. big picture question. knowing all you know now, what is chris christie, the governor of that state, has to worried about? what is he worrying about? is somebody going to go public? are they going
Bloomberg
Jan 26, 2014 1:30pm EST
the union address. more about conflicts in syria and iran. and the debate with chris christie. we begin the program with former senate majority leader tom daschle. thank you for being here. obama with relatively low ratings. what does he have to do to turn things around? >> he has to show energy. he has to show passion or the things he wants to do in the second term. there is a feeling of lethargy. he has had some setbacks. he needs to reading gauge and re-energize. and i think he will do that. >> the focus, we are told, will be on income inequality, which is very real. the critics say that it is derisive and that obama offers no solutions. >> whether he offer solutions or not, you cannot ignore it. there are too many studies about it. there's been a lot of attention internationally. i think it would be bad to ignore it. we have to adjust that. we have got conservatives and liberals talking about it. they have different ways of addressing it. but clearly, there is a universal recognition. >> could there be a consensus? >> i think there is always a chance. that is always the questi
CNN
Jan 9, 2014 12:00am PST
-jersey lawmaker who says chris christie should come clean and come clean now. cnn has just obtained a letter that shows what started as a local political fight had real life or death consequences. >> yeah, i guess it all comes down to what chris christie knew or didn't know, there was -- deputy chief of staff who were still on their jobs tonight, is there a surprise he has not already taken action and fired those responsible? >> well, it is a difficult situation over there, because the alternative to not knowing was knowing, which would have been another headache. but the headache he is dealing with is that governor chris christie did not know what was going on in his own office apparently. while he said he was misled by his staff, the e-mail suggests that he and others at the port authority may have had knowledge of what was going on. the governor did provide accountability. >> joe johns, thank you very much indeed. joining me is the mayor of fort lee. mr. mayor, what is your reaction to chris christie's statement late this afternoon? >> that he is appalled. i wish it came a little e
CNN
Jan 10, 2014 1:00am PST
film "sole survivor" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- >>> cc chris christie, angry. the i'm sorry coming nearly a thousand pages of new evidence this morning. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> it's friday. it's jan 10th and it's 4:00 a.m. in the east. we're here at 4:00 a.m. because of the questions for chris christie. the biggest question is what's next no thaw he's formally said that he's sorry, very sorry for what he claimed happened without his knowledge. let's update you on what he's done. he's fire d a top aid, asked anned a adviser to give up a job. this is for their roles in the shutdown of the bridge for a pay wak against a mayor that would not endorse their boss. today there will be more developments. nearly 1,000 pages of new documents are kpped to be released showing what state lawmakers have found out so far. the fbi is now looking into what happened o see if federal law was violated. there was a lot to talk about. a lot new going on this morning. let's begin with the apology. he apologized more than 40 times in what one person connected
MSNBC
Jan 14, 2014 10:00pm PST
we will see you again tomorrow night. i got to tell you what's happening right now is that the scandal in new jersey is broadening into a bigger problem affecting state republican >>> today, we heard the state of chris christie's denial. >> the last week has certainly tested this administration. >> chris christie is set to deliver his annual state of the state address. his fourth state of the state address. >> today, chris christie returned to the stage. >> to tout his bipartisan accomplishments. >> we have chosen to work together. these are our achieve. s. >> keeping his focus on all the other issues facing his constituents. >> the state of the state is good and getting better. >> not everyone is moving on, though. >>' what you have is political blood in the water. >> this last week has certainly tested this administration. >> the super committee is going to convene. >> 51% say christie hasn't been completely honest. >> more subpoenas could come thursday. >> there's more investigations everywhere. >> new jersey politics is rough and tumble. >> retribution and sort of pay back. >> mistakes were clearly made. i know our citizens deserve better. >> today is all about bridge-gate. the scandal surrounding the lane closures near the george washington bridge. enveloping his administration, whether he likes it or not. >> choice, not chance, determines your destiny. so let us choose wisely. >> this is the most important thing that chris christie said today. >> without a doubt, we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to ensure that this breach of trust does not happen again. >> but which christie do you believe? the one who said that, or the one who said this. >> if you were to get a subpoena for whatever reason, what would you do? >> i'm not going to speculate on that. >> so there was chris christie last week, very clearly saying if he gets a subpoena, he might not cooperate with investigators. the new jersey legislature is getting subpoenas ready as we speak for the christie gang. and everyone in the christie gang is surely lawyering up in anticipation of those subpoena ps. one member of the gang has already publicly refused to cooperate with the investigation and took the fifth amendment. it is entirely possible that the lawyers for the christie gang will advise all of their clients to take the fifth amendment. and when you listen to chris christie's answer about subpoenas last week, it is possible to imagine the spectacle of the governor of new jersey taking the fifth amendment instead of cooperating with the investigations. joining me now, msnbc's joy reid and hunter walker, national affairs reporter for "talking points memo." joy, this is an amazing list that's going to be hit with subpoenas. obviously bridget anne kelly gets subpoenaed. obviously she will take the fifth amendment. >> i would offer her immunity. she or wildstein would be the plump person to offer immunity to. and she's the person who's zeroed in on as the scapegoat. chris christie very carefully and very lawyerly fashion said she terminated him because she lied to me. knew nothing about an advance saying she lied to him. during this come to gee zest meeting, if anybody has the information don't tell me, tell my lawyer. tell my council or tell my chief of staff within an hour. >> he told two different versions of that in the press conference. that's the first version. that was the prepared version. then an hour later in the press conference he said tell me or those two. he included himself in that possibility. we don't know which one is the true version. or if either one of him is true. they could both be false. but the really tuning -- stunning thing is where would we be tonight if chris christie upon reading her e-mail the way he says he did that morning said to her, called her, got her in the office, said to her, explain this. where would we be? >> and not only that, but he also was getting e-mails from the members of the state legislature we now know as well. he was getting -- clearly people were reaching out to him. three days into this, coming forward with the photo at 9/11 memorial in new york. people snarling, panicking, calling the transportation department, what is going on. he seems to say he knew absolutely nothing. asked nothing of his senior staff while he was being asked, demanded to know what is going on by members of the state legislature. >> it seems to me the fair -- a fair interpretation, there could be others of chris christie not asking bridget anne kelly about that e-mail as soon as he read it is he did not want to be exposed to her answer. he did not want to hear what she had to say. >> absolutely. but, you know, as joy pointed out, he sort of said he never heard about this. he wasn't in touch with the officials who ordered the closures. and now we've seen photographic evidence. "the wall street journal" had one picture, we had another one today that showed that he was literally with the two main guys as the lanes were closed. >> i think we have one of those pictures that we can put up as we talk about this. i hope we do. so there's wildstein in the red tie there. this is on 9/11, while at that moment, the bridge is clogged thanks to wildstein and bridget anne kelly and maybe chris christie. >> he said he hadn't seen wildstein in ages. >> there's that moment. now, anybody who's been in politics around these guys knows that when you're doing something for the boss, you're doing him a favor, you slip that in his ear at that moment, things are going great in ft. lee. you let him know that because you take credit for it. >> right. and even assuming they went rogue, which is sort of the christie explanation, they were hearing from mayor sokolich throughout that week saying hey, we have a huge problem here, help us. so you think they might go to christie if this was legitimately a traffic study and say by the way, the mayor is complaining about this. and he says he heard nothing. >> joy, david wildstein, publicly begging for immunity last week at his hearing. if you did an immunity package with wildstein and with bridget anne kelly, you might be able to get the whole story from those two. >> absolutely, you would. and i think the key to this, too, is that you do have stepien out there as well, someone else who could theoretically know what's going on. >> he seems a little offcenter. as a prosecutor, if you have to make these immunity guesses, you want to know who are the richest sources. >> the only reason i bring stepien back in, in all places the national review, chris christie wouldn't have had to say to anyone, go out and close bridges. his crime directive in running for re-election was not to be governor until 2018, it was to make the case to the republican party, his real constituency, the donor class of the republican party that he had this great bipartisanship. these 60 democrats that endorsed him are the way he does business. if he's saying to his political staff, go out and get me the kras, including the democrat who has a $1 billion development, if he's saying do that, i don't want to know how you're doing it, but get it done, he's already created the atmosphere for them to have play hardball with any democrat that resisted. he already laid the ground work. that's part of stepien. the port guys couldn't have had the passion to do this on their own. >> but it's such a peculiar choice to do this. it strikes me that you wouldn't want to do this favor for the boss if you weren't sure this was the favor he wanted done. this was the way he wanted it done. i want to talk about kevin o'dowd, the chief of staff in this person. he's the one person who separates bridged anne kelly from chris christie. and it was chris christie's plan until now to make him the next attorney general of new jersey, and the senate was prepared to confirm him until we started talking about it and others immediately after his press conference. it was a routine moment in the press conference where he was asked, are you going to go forward with o'dowd for attorney general? he said oh, yeah, sure. i'm sure others were saying how can it be that the chief of staff of this gang that has pulled this thing off is now going to be the chief state prosecutor with jurisdiction over this case? that seems stopped as of now. it seems like o'dowd can go nowhere. >> except to a hearing to testify. i mean, i was just speaking with one of the legislators involved in the investigation and she was saying, you know, on thursday, we can expect to start see some of these subpoenas. and the quote, unquote, usual suspects are going to testify. >> o'dowd is going to be subpoenaed. the question is, is he going to take the fifth amendment? >> back to your first point about the fifth amendment, one thing that's really interested here, i spoke with an assemblyman that's been leading the investigation. i spoke to him the day before wildstein testified. he said king wildstein is going to plea the fifth. he said he didn't expect that because this is a civil matter up till that point. that's sort of an admission that there might be criminal charges here. so the fact that we've already seen one guy pleading the fifth and we might see others is sort of a sign of just how serious and potentially criminal this is. >> yeah. i mean, that was, you know, i think -- i can't imagine a lawyer not telling him to plead the fifth under those circumstances. and i mean, when i look at this list, i just don't know who can testify. you know, david sampson, christie's chairman of the port authority. his hands are filthy in this thing. he writes, he's threatening pat foye, the one honest man at the port authority fighting against this thing with gangster language that we recited here last night about, you know, he's playing in traffic. he's in a lot of trouble. joy, i don't see anybody here other than pat foye, who's a nice guy who can testify about this without pleading the fifth. he has real jeopardy. >> he also said wildstein did it. he pointed the finger at wildstein. so everyone is pointing a finger at each other. going back to o'dowd, he's one of two people that christie told his staff to go and tell if, in fact, they've done anything wrong. he was one of the people there. so you're saying at the same time tell this guy, the future attorney general is the one you want to tell what you've done. but for christie, the broader problem for him is that he's built his whole reputation and his whole presidential ambitions on this idea that he's got this bipartisanship. if it turns out it was coerced, that it was coerced through a series of carrots and sticks he was using against democrats, he wasn't just naturally somebody african-americans and urban voters were for but it really was coerced, that undermines his being a candidate in 2016, apart from the legal matter. >> the standard, you get fired by chris christie if he doesn't like the tone of your e-mail, which is why he fired the campaign manager. he read the e-mails of michael druniak, the press secretary on this showing last night, his e-mails are much worse about the mayor of ft. lee. according to the christie standard, certainly when those e-mails get read at these hearings, he has to be fired on the spot. >> right. and, you know, you saw another christie spokesman colin reed give a statement to cnn today in which he said, you know, these are wild conspiracy theories coming from left wing blogs. he said that to cnn. this is their sort of on the books official statement. and that's the tone. so, you know, it makes the idea that chris christie has this objection to impolite communication really preposterous. >> i don't think any of these people can survive this investigation. david sampson must be fired from the port authority. bill baroni already gone, wildstein already gone. kevin o'dowd must be let go for imcompetence if nothing else. he's the chief of staff of the operation that did this. he was assigned, according to christie's story to investigate this. he failed completely to find the wrong doers, charlie mckenna, the same thing. the chief council assigned to christie to investigate it. and according to christie got fooled and couldn't find what he was supposed to look for. bridget kelly, already gone. there's going to be just a wipeout of this whole staff before this is over. >> and think about it, the one completely implausible scenario is the deputy chief of staff telling no one superior to her cooked up an entire scheme to shut down part of this bridge going over to the new york side. the idea that she is the top person in this operation is so absurd that it just invites more questions. and those what are superior to her, it brings o'dowd. it brings it so close to chris christie that i wouldn't be surprised if he didn't testify. >> absolutely. and he's probably already engaged private defense council in this. thank you both for joining me tonight. coming up, another of chris christie's many scandals. and later, america's most experienced and most careful election analyst charlie cook, the venerable charlie cook will join us along with david corn to discuss what this means for chris christie's presidential campaign. i insist that christie's campaign is now hopeless. and i can't wait to hear what charlie cook has to say. some of your favorite and least favorite politicians reading mean tweets about themselves. you will not believe your ears when you hear what claire mccaskill says. that's coming up. 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[ male announcer ] introducing fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >> ultimately, i am responsible for what happens under my watch. the good and the bad. this is not the tone that i've set over the last four years in this building. it's not the environment i've worked so hard to achieve. and so i amex ordinarily disappointed by this. but this is the exception. it is not the rule of what's happened over the last four years in this administration. >> and here's another exception. the christie administration interfering with the prosecution of a new jersey sheriff. in 2008, before chris christie was elected, governor and prosecutors began investigating sheriff debra trout and two of her staff for allegations that trout forced employees to sign loyalty oaths and failed to conduct mandatory legal background checks. five months after christie took the oath of office, a grand jury handed down a 43-count indict against sheriff and her two staffers. when the charges became public, governor christie assured he would have this whole thing thrown out. that sounded like bluster. then the state killed the case. chris christie's attorney general paul o'dowd assigned a deputy attorney general to take control and the indictments were dropped and three career prosecutors were forced out of their jobs. joining me now, one of those former prosecutors who lost his job and republican richard murt, a former new jersey assemblyman who ran against chris christie in the 2009 republican gubernatorial primary. before we get into the details of this case, which i think is very important, given what we've been hearing for the last week, and the governor saying this is an exception, not the way we work. ben, first to you. i just want to get from you, your reaction to the last week and how surprised and unsurprised you are. >> that's a great question, lawrence. the people that were aware of what happened in hunterdon, my fellow prosecutors, investigators, people who worked on the case, i suspect are not surprised at all what happened. in fact, there are very strong parallels between what happened in hunterdon four years ago and bridgegate now. to begin with, most importantly, you're dealing with a really egregious misuse of governmental authority for political ends. in bridgegate, you're dealing with the port authority. in new jersey, the attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer charged with impartially and fairly enforcing both the criminal and civil laws in new jersey. >> and unlike a lot of other states has direct control over county local prosecutors. >> that's true. there's a statute called the criminal justice act of 1970 which confers that authority on the attorney general. but typically, that power is invoked very sparingly. typically when there's a conflict, say, for example, someone in a prosecutor's office who's accused of a crime and there's a conflict where it doesn't seem appropriate for the prosecutor's office to be pursuing that particular individual, the state will come in. typically, however, cases that are brought in the counties remain in the counties. so you're correct, but that power is very rarely used. that wasn't the case in hunterdon, however. what's interesting is that when evidence of wrongdoing arose with respect to the sheriff's office, we requested the assistance of the attorney general. pre- christie. >> and she's a christie supporter sending her staff. >> that's what e-mails certainly suggest pertaining to an open public records act. more importantly, the sheriff also was involved in a group of law enforcement that basically obtained donations for the christie campaign. so yes, there is a strong connection between sheriff trout and the administration, particularly the lieutenant governor who was also a sheriff. she was the sheriff of monmouth county at the time debra trout was the sheriff of hunterdon county. so it's true. any typical case, we diligently acquired evidence over a period of time. at one point, we obtained a judge's authorization to conduct a search of both the sheriff's office and residences based on the cumulation of evidence. what's interesting about that and what's so important, that was the first finding by a neutral, detached magistrate that there was, in fact, evidence of wrongdoing that our office had obtained. that's the first finding. the second will be the grand jury determination. but in the midst of this investigation, we sent numerous letters to the attorney general's office saying there's a conflict here. we shouldn't be investigating another county law enforcement officer and moreover, we're dealing with systemic corruption. those requests were rebuffed. we never received any assistance despite these requests. that changed dramatically when the indictment -- >> as soon as you got indictments. >> as soon as we got indictments, boy did things change. >> i want to get your surprise level to the last week of revelations. >> i was stunned to see this kind of stupidity displayed. i really was. >> the stupidity, but what about the power plays and the attempts at apparent retribution, that sort of thing? >> well, there is a history, as you know, of this administration playing hardball with folks, brass knuckle politics, take no prisoner, let your enemies bleed, that kind of thing. i still can't speak to the actual motivation, whether it was or whether it was something else. all i know is that there was clearly an abuse of power in ft. lee by port authority people. i also know that someone in the governor's office, who has now been fired knew about it, and i know that a growing circle of people who are high level christie administration appointees were aware of the situation. >> knowing, as you do, the way it works in trenton, knowing the christie operation, what is your sense. and we understand this is a guess. what is your sense of the likelihood that a bridget anne kelly, a deputy chief of staff, would be doing this without the knowledge of the chief of staff and that it could happen without the knowledge of the governor who's just a couple of steps away? >> it seems very unlikely and it seems so unlikely that i personally can't believe the governor's explanation. >> yeah. ben, the -- the way you lost your job was absolutely stunning with this. deputy attorney general who came into town and just wiped you guys out. you impanelled a grand jury that returned these indictments. and those grand jurors were quoted in "the new york times" as being outraged at what happened. they thought they did careful work on what was a very clear cut case of abuse. >> absolutely. i should point out that the -- i was not the prosecutor who presented the case to the grand jury. his name is bill mcgovern. he was an experienced prosecutor both with the attorney general's office, the monmouth county prosecutors, 20 years of experience. he knew what he was doing. michael powell who wrote "the new york times" story deserves a tremendous amount of credit for locating these jurors, because that's what makes the case. don't have to take our word for it. listen to these four jurors who were questioned separately and say that mcgovern did a meticulous job, and that the evidence presented was overwhelming. there was unanimity among the grand jurors that serious crimes had taken place. and with a two-page letter, the attorney general basically disparaged, not only the work of mcgovern but also the grand jurors. i think that's why they're upset. >> here's a guy, this guy rousseau, who's the assistant to the sheriff, who's indicted. and his reaction is, no problem. chris christie will take care of it. >> that's a pretty remarkable statement. indicates a lot of confidence on his part. >> and he was right, parentally. >> again, all i can do is look at that statement and say it's really surprising to me that anyone would have had that kind of cock-sure attitude. >> well, it turns out he had nothing to worry about. thank you both very much for joining us tonight. coming up, what has the last week done to chris christie's presidential campaign? and republicans blocked a senate vote on extending emergency unemployment insurance today. can harry reid figure out a way around that? ezra klein will join me. this is for you. ♪ [ male announcer ] bob's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. really? 25 grams of protein. what do we have? all four of us, together? 24. he's low fat too, and has five grams of sugars. i'll believe it when i -- [ both ] oooooh... what's shakin'? oops. 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[ male announcer ] with the brand you can trust. go pro with crest pro-health. >> four balanced budgets. passed with bipartisan support. teacher tenure reform, passed with bipartisan sculpt support. a cap on property tax, passed with bipartisan support. we acted and we acted together. even though the competition among states is fierce, the record on this is clear. no state in this country has shown more bipartisan cooperation and governance over the last four years than new jersey and our people are proud of it. >> that was chris christie today saying what you could expect to hear in chris christie's acceptance speech at the next republican national convention where he would be accepting the next republican nomination for president. the speech he could give only if he could somehow survive attacks against him by other republican candidates in the republican presidential primaries, attacks that would now surely include reference to the out of control christie staff. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. >> joining me now, charlie cook, editor and publisher of "the cook political report" and msnbc political analyst david corn for mother jones and msnbc political analyst. okay, charlie, nobody brings a more sober and careful look at these kinds of election prospects. the senate as a whole and the individual race. i'm dying to hear what charlie cook thinks about chris christie's prospects for the presidency now. >> i think it's a convenient narrative to say the front-runner has been derailed. but i defy anybody to go to the iowa straw poll in 2011 or spend time around republican primary voters in 2012 and tell me that chris christie had a decent chance of winning a republican nomination. i mean, when you think of michelle bachmann, herman cain, rick santorum, rick perry, newt gingrich. i mean really? chris christie? i think republicans would be smart to move to a center right candidate, but that's 23409 where the republican primary electorate is. and i don't think they were going to be there. so i don't think this has changed christie's odds of being the nominee that much. i don't think they were high to begin with. >> david corn, i completely agree with all of that. i've never seen a way for chris christie to get the republican nomination. but now, i'm starting to doubt whether he can even mount a campaign. >> well, you know, i think we all agree here. i mean, chris christie was the candidate for karl rove and the koch brothers and the funding community. the funding base of the republican party. the gravitational pull of the republican voting electoral has moved so far to the right that chris christie by talking about bipartisanship as we just saw him would almost disqualify himself in a lot of states. in iowa, in south carolina, throughout the south. and, you know, i think there was a way he might have been able to thread the 23450edle if there are a couple of good tea party-like candidates, rand paul, marco rubio, ted cruz. they divide the tea party vote. maybe he could survive the first couple of state, come in second and third. hang in there. this is what rudy giuliani thought, didn't work out too well for him. sort of the holy grail of the republican nonextreme caucus, which is relatively small, that you can do this. and, you know, christie had a -- you know, had as good a shot as anyone, but indied aez charlie said, it's not much of a shot. i'm still in the camp is there would always be health issues with a christie candidacy. after the weak he's had this past week, i can't believe his health is any better than it was a month ago. >> let's listen to how it would go for christie. or will go for christie out there on the campaign trail. let's listen to rick santorum who might be out there on the campaign trail running against him, or someone just like rick santorum will be out there. let's thereon what he had to say. >> personnel is policy. and the people that you hire are the policies that are implemented. and what we've seen is two, three, four, i mean, there's now more e-mail, i don't know how many more have come out, that's very clear that the personnel there was not sensitive to what seemed to be a fairly obvious wrong thing to do. >> all right. let's play this like a republican debate stage. and we will now play chris christie's response to that, which is one sentence that he gave in his press conference last week. >> that i delegate enormous authority to my staff. and enormous authority to my cabinet. >> charlie cook. we can imagine a lot of republican tv ads against him for that i delegate enormous authority line. >> put aside the whole bridge thing. it's not that christie is that -- is ideologically -- i mean, yes, he's ideologically incompatible with where the republican base is, but it's not just imcompatibility, they hit him. they viscerally hate him. and so, i mean, and this was not going to be pretty. forget the bridge. >> after all christie did dare to make physical contact with barack obama. it's almost like case closed. and, you know, he's attacked the shutdown in washington. he is a conservative in many ways. he's not a moderate. to call him a mod vat a misnomer. but his temperament is such that he's not an outright obama hater and that's enough to say you can't survive in this shark tank of the republican primary electorate these days. >> let's listen to what john huntsman said this morning on morning joe about this. because he is also someone who might very well be on the republican primary presidential debate stage. let's thereon what he said about this. >> i have to tell you that having run a governor's office, and joe has done the same thing, and every governor's office, whether your state is large or small, it's pretty much organized the same way. your neighbor is the chief of staff and your deputy chief of staff is right down the hall. and everybody knows day in and day out what's playing out in your state down to, you know, a minuscule detail. so there is something here that just does not connect fully in terms of how communication was handled, and the issues that were put forward to the governor. >> there is john huntsman coming as close as he can to saying oh, come on, chris christie knew. everybody knows in that office space what you're all doing. charlie cook, as you say, put the bridge aside, could this party, could the republican party really nominate a governor from new jersey, especially after their experience with nominating a former massachusetts governor? another northeast governor next time? >> well, i think there is a natural suspicion in each party for any statewide elected official who can win a lot of votes from the other side. it's -- there's sort of a suspicion that they're tainted. and obviously coming from the northeast, and winning a lot of democratic votes in new jersey made him suspect. but to part of huntsman's point, and i neemt nearly as enamored with this story as a lot of people are. but to me, let's just assume for a second that christie didn't know. let's assume that for a second. the fact is that there was an environment, a culture in the office that convinced some high level people to think that there was okay and acceptable. that sort of is enough. i mean, and that's -- to me, you know, that's probably more likely than christie said hey, shut down five lanes or three lanes or whatever on the bridge. but the thing is that this was not going to happen. this really wasn't. >> yeah. i mean, you're right, charlie, obviously. it would be enough. and also there's the simple fact that even if chris christie didn't know, voters would expect him to know. they would be electing someone who they would want to be in a position where he would know what his staff was up to. charlie cook and david corn, thank you both very much for joining me tonight. >> sure thing, lawrence. >> coming up, readings from twitter. the meanest things that we can say on television. coming up. >> claire you really suck a pig's [ bleep ]. 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story about why chris christie is probably never going to be president of the united states is when this happened. when the port authority which runs the bridge, put out a statement saying, the week long traffic jam that gridlocks the town of fort lee, that traffic jam was because of a secret traffic study. as soon as they said that, and the traffic columnist called around and asked for comment from local officials on that statement, the police chief in fort lee and the mayor in fort lee immediately called bull puckey on that claim. it's not true, i asked the port for an explanation, but they haven't responded. i thought we had a good relationship, now i'm beginning to wonder if there's something i did wrong. am i being sent some message? yes, as it turns out, you were being sent a message. traffic jams caused by poorly organized traffic studies are not big news stories. but the state of new jersey is being run in such a way, that traffic patterns are being manipulated, that is public corruption. that's public corruption and the abuse of public office potentially on a criminal scale
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have given me the opportunity to serve. >> chris christie takes the oath of office for his second term. >> second inauguration. >> it's only fitting in this administration. >> but regardly a fresh start. >> with more hurricanes, snowstorms. >> it's really coming down in trenton, new jersey. >> we begin the second term the same way. >> it wasn't supposed to be this way. >> we will follow the information we have. >> a supercommittee, he's fighting wars on two fronts. >> raises serious allegations. >> her allegations have to be looked into. >> i don't think she's going to succeed in shaking christie down. >> he called her a lady mayor. i assume that's not something you meant to say. >> i didn't mean for it to be taken the wrong way. >> every mayor in new jersey is going to be asked, what were your dealings with this administration? >> governor chris crist too eis trying to reset his political future. >> i think you're going to see a more reserveds christie going forward. >> i believe in you, new jersey. and i always, always will. >> it's hard out there for a republican governor. toda
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last word" with lawrence o'donnell. >>> today, we heard the state of chris christie's denial. >> the last week has certainly tested this administration. >> chris christie is set to deliver his annual state of the state address. his fourth state of the state address. >> today, chris christie returned to the stage. >> to tout his bipartisan accomplishments. >> we have chosen to work together. these are our achieve. s. >> keeping his focus on all the other issues facing his constituents. >> the state of the state is good and getting better. >> not everyone is moving on, though. >>' what you have is political blood in the water. >> this last week has certainly tested this administration. >> the super committee is going to convene. >> 51% say christie hasn't been completely honest. >> more subpoenas could come thursday. >> there's more investigations everywhere. >> new jersey politics is rough and tumble. >> retribution and sort of pay back. >> mistakes were clearly made. i know our citizens deserve better. >> today is all about bridge-gate. the scandal surrounding the lane closures near
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josh, it is a big moment for chris christie. we'll be waiting and watching developments as they happen. we have to leave it there. thanks for hanging with me, guys. that is all for now. i'll see you back here monday at 4:00 p.m. eastern. >>> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" live. we start the show with breaking news tonight. there has been a major development in the chris christie bridgegate scandal. according to "the new york times," david wildstein is saying governor christie knew about the lane closures. the ex port authority appointee released a letter through his lawyer today describing the closures as the christie administration's order. the letter says evidence exists tying mr. christie to having knowledge of the lane closures during the period when the lanes were closed contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference. the letter says mr. wildstein contests the accuracy of various statement it is governor made about him and can prove the inaccuracy of some. christie denied any knowledge of the lane closure. >> i'll say one
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., the leader, survived the fight despite chris christie in another leadership position and that may have emboldened republicans so i don't know there's going to be a second honeymoon next week. >> you mentioned, michael, a price to be paid. and that goes to show whether that's usual politics or whether governor christie and his aides were ethical or illegal. we'll let you get inside. thanks for your time. >> thank you. >>> absolutely as we wait for governor christie to take the podium we're bringing in josh bear barrel, covering chris christie. and jonathan cape from "the washington post" and how it could end up causing more damage. let me start with you, josh, you were there when chris christie was capping at the time -- a short time ago, was considered an incredible bipartisan victory in new jersey. we covered it here. a lot of republicans around the country were excited by that. what by your time on the ground in new jersey as we're waiting for the governor to come out, what is the differences in your mind? >> i think there's a difference in the state and nationally. nationally,
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." that's it. that's all we've heard from him. david samson is chris christie's top appointee at the port authority. he's the head of that agency. before that, he was the head of the transition team for chris christie when he was first elected governor of new jersey. governor christie and david samson are very close political allies. david samson's a former attorney general of the state of new jersey. chris christie calls him general samson. when u.s. senator frank lautenberg died and chris christie needed to pick somebody to take that u.s. senate seat and become a u.s. senator temporarily until a special election could be held, chris christie tapped jeffrey ciasa. when governor christie started his term as the chairman of the republican governor's association, "david samson was among the group of close advisers who went to arizona with chris christie in november to the aga meeting." "as a sign that samson is seen as important to christie's national run for office." david samson and chris christie are very close, when it came out in those subpoenaed documents, this e-mail from david wilds
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presidential candidate bill richardson and republican strategist john brabender. chris christie seemed to feed into his own bullying narrative today. >> i think you asked me a question the day after the election, are you willing to change your style in order to appeal to a broader audience? and i think i said no. because i am who i am. but i am not a bully. >> i'm not a bully. >> or witch. >> that's right. >> but the evidence doesn't hold up there. let's take a look at one more thing that i want you to take a look at. >> did i stay on topic? are you stupid? on topic, on topic. next question. you have numnuts like reed get the hell off the beach. first up, it's none of your business. i don't ask you where you send your kids to school. sorry for the idiot over there. it's people that raise their voices and yell and scream like you that are dividing this country. >> that's a fraction of what's out there of him confronting his own constituents. it doesn't include him calling a navy s.e.a.l. an idiot, for instance. you helped run rick santorum's campaign in iowa, a key aide. >> and all the
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political donor. but chris christie cannot count on the mcdonald stannal to eclipse the far more important christie administration scandal. the mcdonald scandal used to be the most important republican political scandal way back when it involved a possible candidate for president. but the mcdonald scandal knocked bob mcdonald out of the running for president long, long before he was indicted today. so team christie is still number one when it comes to republican political scandals. and they continued to emphasize that by hiring some of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country to protect them. the latest high profile hire is former secretary of homeland committee michael chertoff who once was the u.s. attorney for the district of new jersey and newark. if you're in trouble in new jersey or anywhere else in america, you can't get better representation than michael chertoff. and now chris christie's favorite chairman of the port authority, david samson has michael chertoff representing him. chris christie's new team of the best and the brightest defense lawyers, headed by a
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see if this was appropriate using chris christie and his family in this ad, taxpayer money involved. we should know when? when we will get a result if it was appropriate or inappropriate. >> of course, the hud inspector general overseeing this running an independent investigation. they won't talk about timing here. congressman frank pallone said he expects it will be a couple of months. there will be a public report released once the investigation is over. >> congressman pallone. chris, thanks very much. >>> remember, you can always follow what is going on here in the situation room on twitter. tweet me. tweet the show. that's it for me. "crossfire" with special guest donna brazil starts right now. >>> tonight on "crossfire," the state of the apology. >> mistakes were clearly made. >> despite his apologetic state of the state address are new allegations adding to governor chris christie's political problems? on the left sally kohn. on the right newt gingrich. in the cross fire donna brazil. the politics of being sorry now while keeping open the bridge to 2016 tonight on "crossfire."
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world. you're looking live sat chris christie bridge over troubled waters and tonight those waters are getting even more troubled. bridgegate is a growing headache for the big man and the governor faces a new scandal tonight, allegations that he used snowstorm sandy relief money to produce tourism ads starring himself and his family. tonight i'll talk to the lawmakers leading the bridgegate allegation, and the woman who ran against christie and lost. and this is a blockbuster that roger ailes doesn't want you to leave. i've got a prime-time exclusive with the author, gabriel sherman, who says that fox news is a political machine that employs journalist. and the gift that keeps on giving, except people aren't laughing anymore. dennis rodman. i'll talk exclusively to one of the only people on earth who might be able to explain exactly what rodman's been up to. candy anderson is with him in korea. dennis rodman arrived back in america tonight. it left people around the world trying to figure out exactly why he was there and what he was thinking. rodman made the trip to korea with seve
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struggling just to survive. >>> new jersey governor, chris christie under fire at this hour after closing the lanes on one of the world's busiest bridges. he said that he did so on purpose to cause a traffic jam. he's going to address reporters in just moments. all of this is said to be a payback against a local mayor who didn't support christie's election bid. the mayor said that it's pay back, and the governor said that he is outraged. we go to erica with more. > >> good morning, del, and the governor will be facing tough questions from reporters any minute now, since documents revealed yesterday showed that people close to the governor orchestrated this traffic jam at the base of the george washington bridge, which is 'very busy bridge during rush hour back in september, and the reason, possible retribution against the mayor of who refused to back the governor's re-election campaign. >> who, in their right mind, would close down access to the busiest bridge in the world to send me a message? >> the mayor of fort lee, emergency energy, said that chris christie has a lot of expla
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, completely eroded the massive popularity chris christie built with garden state voters more than a year ago in the wake of hurricane sandy. there you see he starts to shake hands with dignitaries on the stage. leaders of the state legislature, ex-governors, tom kane senior, supposedly christie's mentor, tension between them. catch that. right there. pause and take a closer look. because that picture that image, there is a lot of history, and there is a lot of irony in that encounter. you might recognize the former governor who's embracing christie there, offering him an encouraging word or two. it's jim mcgreedy. democratic governor of new jersey from 2001 to 2004. if you know anything about him, if you know him from anything, it's probably for this -- >> my truth is that i am a gay american. >> that was almost ten years ago when jim mcgreedy made that announcement and resigned at governor of new jersey. at least that's why most people think he resigned. it turned out he assigned his secret lover to a top homeland security position he didn't h e have -- he ended his own political c
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2014 1:00pm PST
that is where governor chris christie is expected at any moment. we will bring it to you. we're following rapid developments in a day focused on chris christie's response to allegations of political retribution surrounding the closing of the nation's busiest bridge. that all stems to incidents back in september. chris christie's visit to fort lee will come after a nearly two-hour news conference today where chris christie announced the firing of a. bridget kelly and after a statement from the u.s. attorney's office in newark it was reviewing the later, we will determine whether the law was implicated. david wildstein pled the fifth refusing to answer state lawmakers for investigating this very issue. we need to be clear, no evidence has suggested that chris christie knew about or ordered the lane closings in question. now, throughout the nearly two-hour-long news conference the governor emphasized his repeated attempts in the past to minimize this scandal were based on deception fed to him by staff members. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or i
CNN
Jan 9, 2014 10:00am PST
new jersey chris christie apologizing repeatedly for what occurred in his state by some of his senior advisors announcing some forced resignations. he was firing his deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly for supposedly going ahead and orchestrating an act of political vengeance, political vengeance, against the mayor of ft. lee, new jersey, the folks of ft. lee because the mayor allegedly supposedly had failed to endorse his re-election. the mayor is a democrat, chris christie is a republican. why a democrat would endorse a republican for re-election is something that is odd to begin with. we didn't get the explanation from bridget anne kelly, the governor didn't get the explanation from his former deputy chief of staff because he didn't talk to her after he fired her. chris cuomo is watching this closely for us in new york. chris, why wouldn't -- if you wake up in the morning as the governor says he went and exercised about 8:30 in the morning, he sees on his ipad on this story in one of the new jersey newspapers with all the e-mail, the text messages between his deputy chief of s
Al Jazeera America
Jan 9, 2014 2:00am EST
>> new jersey governor chris christie trying to distance himself from a growing political scandal. emails suggesting his staffers orchestrated traffic jams on a bridge as part of a political vendetta. >> the white house circling the wagons after a scathing book from robert gates. the white house taking aim at robert gates. >> congress trying to compromise on unemployment benefits. what is holding up the vote that would help a million out of work americans. >> i was talking myself into believing it was okay, it's just marijuana. >> a serious draw back to legalize the pot in colorado. some suggest it's easier for kids to get their hands on the drug. >> hi everyone, good to have you about us. i'm thomas drayton. >> new jersey governor chris christie is involved in a local political scandal ruffling his image. emails suggest chris christie's top staffers were involved in closing access lanes to the george washington bridge in september, causing massive traffic delays for days. as david shuster reports, it could hurt chris christie's presidential ambitions >> emails released shows a to
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2014 6:00pm PST
important thing that we knew before today about the chris christie new jersey bridge scandal was this e-mail sent from governor christie's deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly to a christi appointee at the port authority saying, for some reason, "it's time for some traffic problems in ft. lee." david wildstein, chris christie appointee at the port authority which controls the george washington bridge, the busiest bridge in the world, responded to that apparent order by saying "got it." that was the most important thing that we knew before today. for color, before today, we also had mr. wildstein and somebody else unknown texting back and forth about their glee, their delight, that ft. lee, new jersey, had been turned into traffic hell for a week. that school buses were trapped in the gridlock and kids could not get to school on the first day of classes. they are the children of barbara buono voters. don't feel bad. they're the children of democrats. it is not wrong that you are smiling at the suffering that we have caused them. we had that before today. today, with release of more t
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2014 1:00pm PST
. joining us for the latest. if it is confirmed, a stunning development in the chris christie saga. do you have any updates you can give us at the moment? >> clearly so. we have reached out to all the parties involved here and can't confirm it at this point. but if it is as reported by "the new york times," it is a huge development in this. i just got a copy of a letter that was sent to the legislature saying they're not -- from the campaign manager. his lawyer says they're not going to comply with the subpoena to turn over documents and other records. they are invoking their fifth amendment rights as a result of the u.s. attorney investigation. so that's also a pretty significant development in this probe you have of the two -- of two of the three key parties. david wildstein, if this new york times report is correct, saying the governor did know. and then his campaign manager and former campaign manager saying they're not going to cooperate with the legislative investigation. >> what is the next step if they're invoking their fifth amendment rights? >> clearly, one can expect the legisla
MSNBC
Jan 16, 2014 1:00am PST
george washington bridge. it's famous now for the chris christie bridge scandal. but it's also a landmark in its own right. right? the busiest bridge for vehicular traffic in the entire world. the george washington bridge up there at the top of your screen, that is not the only way to cross the river from new jersey into new york. below the george washington bridge, your next option is a tunnel. the lincoln tunnel. below the lincoln tunnel your next option is another tunnel. the holland tunnel. below that, you have three bridge options all of which go from new jersey not to manhattan but rather to staten island. first you get to the baon bridge. beyond that, the goethals bridge and there's an outer bridge crossing. holds a romantic place in my family because my partner, susan, was born under the bridge in perth amboy. something really bad happened on the outer bridge, it was a huge screwup, and it got people really mad. >> port authority says staffing shortages are to blame for the massive backup for staten island residents trying to get home on easter sunday. drivers say only on
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2014 9:00pm PST
a de blasio sized 49 point landslide. republican chris christie did win re-election as new jersey's governor by a lot. he won by 22 points which is a lot. but it is, if we're counting, less than half the size of the de blasio margin. on one level, who cares? the guy still won by a lot. maybe the governor does care about that. maybe he cares about not winning by a lot but as much as possible. today governor christie gave a long, long, long press conference responding to the scandal that has engulfed his administration. and that has possibly spiked his hopes of becoming the republican party's nominee for president. the "bergen record" newspaper yesterday as you know published documents that seemed to confirm democrats' longstanding allegations that lanes to the george washington bridge, most heavily traveled bridge in the world were shut down on purpose in order to create a huge traffic disaster in the town of ft. lee, new jersey, as some sort of political retribution. the governor had previously mocked the story and attacked the legislators who were investigating it. he had denied th
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2014 1:00am PST
show chris christie's deputy chief of staff telling a chris christie appointee at the port authority that it was, "time for some traffic problems in ft. lee." at the press conference today, governor christie said he was humiliated by the actions of his top staff in this matter. he also said he did not know about those actions at all. but it was really interesting moment at that press conference when in the middle of this very long discussion, in the middle, specifically, of a long back and forth with reporters, the governor explained that when he was running for re-election, which is the time that this whole bridge shutdown happened, when he was running for re-election, part of what he and his campaign were working on at the time was a strategy to, in his words, run up the score. to run up the score in that election. he knew he was going to win re-election, but he wanted to win by as large a margin as possible. and that strategy to run up the score, that is what drove his team's decision making about local officials around the state of new jersey and specifically their endorsements i
MSNBC
Jan 13, 2014 9:00pm PST
jersey governor chris christie and the apparently politically motivated shutdown of lanes on to the george washington bridge took a turn into jersey city. when the city clerk's office in jersey city responded to an open public records act request and released these documents. they're documents concerning that rising star mayor of jersey city, steven fulop and the question of whether he and his city were treated to their own version of what ft. lee got. in terms of political retaliation and retribution from the christie administration. >> steven fulop is elected mayor of jersey city, ousting the guy who was naked on his porch. that took place tuesday may 14th, last year. the night steven fulop won that race, apparently governor christie phoned mr. fulop to congratulate him on his victory. we know that today because of this text message to mayor fulop from mayor-elect fulop at that point from bill baroni. the text says, "needless to say, congratulations on a tremendous job. i know the governor reached out last night to relay his congratulations. let me know if we can help set up any m
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2014 4:00am PST
governor chris christie may have been careful yesterday in laying out his story that will stand up for him as narrowly as defines it. he didn't think anything wrong had been done from september on. when the traffic jam started up through december and he gave his staff a one-hour window to come clean and went out and said they were clean, you have to wonder why this big, boisterous, take-charge guy had so little interest in knowing what he had to take charge of. the only other explanation is he didn't care about the biggest mess of his political career, didn't care about the smell of trouble that had surrounded him, even as he minced his way toward a run for the country's highest office. and that's an explanation i can't buy. as i said, i can buy the explanation that this very political governor, very ambitious governor made his business not to know, not to let people see him knowing what business his people had gotten themselves into on his behalf. msnbc's steve karnac ki will be with us in a moment. let's start first with mike his cough, the national investigative correspondent for nbc ne
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2014 3:00am PST
knew before today about the chris christie scandal was sent from bridgette ann kelly to a christie appointee saying, for some reason, quote, it's time for traffic problems in ft. lee. they control the george washington bridge, the busiest bridge in the world responded to that apparent order by saying, got it. that was the most important thing we knew before today. for cover, before today, we have mr. wildstein and somebody else unknown texting back and forth about their glee, the delight that ft. lee new jersey was in traffic hell, school buses were trapped and kids couldn't get to school the first day of classes. they were the clirn of barbara buono. it's not wrong that you are smiling at the suffering we have caused them. we have that before today. today, with the release of more than 2,000 pages of documents, which the legislature obtained under subpoena, today, we learned quite a bit more. after that mid august instruction from governor christie's office that it was time to cook up something terrible, within the port authority, the traffic engineers were asked to provide a few
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2014 8:00pm PST
in new jersey, chris christie put on a marathon performance. ripped straight from a "west wing" script. >> i should do a till they drop press conference on the nuclear accident. answer every reporter's question. stay at the microphone until i bore them to death. >> during a press conference that lasted 108 minutes the world got a chance to see how chris christie is dealing with the scandal that could end his career in politics. for one thing, chris christie is stunned. >> i'm stunned. >> he is embarrassed. >> it's embarrassing. >> he's also humiliated. >> because he's been betrayed. >> a person close to me betrayed me, betrayed me. >> therefore, he's angry. >> what i read yesterday makes me angry. >> then, again, maybe he's just sorting some stuff out. >> i don't know what the stages of grief are in exact order. >> today we found out in spite of videotaped evidence that would lead us to think otherwise -- >> are you stupid? >> -- chris christie is no bully. >> i am who i am but i'm not a bully. >> the biggest takeaway from chris christie's event today is new jersey's governor i
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